9 de novembre de 2018

American Noir, de Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw. American Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to US Crime Fiction, Film & TV. Harpenden: Pocket Essentials, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-84344-918-8

Barry Forshaw is acknowledged as a leading expert on crime fiction and film. Following his books on Nordic NoirBrit Noir and Euro Noir he now tackles the largest and, some might argue, most impressive body of crime fiction from a single country, the United States, to produce the perfect reader’s guide to modern American crime fiction. The word ‘Noir’ is used in its loosest sense: every major living American writer is considered (including the giants Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Sara Paretsky, as well as non-crime writers such as Stephen King who stray into the genre), often through a concentration on one or two key books.

Many exciting new talents are highlighted, and Barry Forshaw’s knowledge of – and personal acquaintance with – many of the writers, grants valuable insight into this massively popular field. But the crime genre is as much about films and TV as it is about books, and American Noir is a celebration of the former as well as the latter. US television crime drama in particular is enjoying a golden age, and all of the important current series are covered here, as well as key contemporary films.   

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